Dearest by Alethea Kontis #BookReview #Giveaway

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(Woodcutter Sisters, #3)
Author: Alethea Kontis
YA Fantasy
Format: Hardcover & ebook, 320 Pages
Published: February 3rd 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday’s palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he’s her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday’s unique magic somehow break the spell?


I love the way Alethea Kontis weaves the fairy tales into her stories. She’s her own version of Friday and creates these magical tales. Enchanted focused on Sunday, Hero focused on Saturday and now Dearest focuses on Friday. (Friday's child is loving and giving). If you do not know there are seven daughters of a seventh daughter and each is named after a day of the week.

Friday Woodcutter is gentle, patient, kind and selfless and at first I thought that would be nauseating. Friday however, is also humorous, witty and strong. She is also an empath which often causes her to have strong immediate emotional connections to people. Which is where her plight of often falling in love comes from. Alethea has this magical way of having characters wait their turn to shine. Although she remained in the background of the other books she really pulls front and center for Dearest. I adored her and wanted to be her best friend. I also want her to sew me a patchwork skirt.

Tristan is a cutie. He has this innocence about the way he loves that fits Friday perfectly. I’m not sure the best way to explain it. I also really loved his brothers and the way they banter and fight with one another and of course our silent sister.

I loved that this focused on the Fairy Tale of the seven swans and not only that but also another story that I am familiar with. It shows up at the end of the book so I won’t give it away but it involves baths and immortality. (I watched something on the history channel about it). The story is so fast moving I flew through the book (like a swan, get it, ha!) but it was just so engaging. So many wonderful things come together to keep the plot moving. So many wonderful characters.

We find out more about the man with yellow eyes!! Do you remember him?? I hope you do.

I’m always sad when these books end because you get so wrapped up in the Woodcutter family. I could just keep reading about them forever. I hope to be looking forward to Thursday’s book next? The pirate sister?? yes please?? I’m pretty sure Alethea has a bit of magic herself.

New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a fairy godmother, and a geek. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, and ranting about fairy tales on YouTube.

Her published works include: The Wonderland Alphabet (with Janet K. Lee), Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome (with Janet K. Lee), the AlphaOops series (with Bob Kolar), the Woodcutter Sisters fairy tale series, and The Dark-Hunter Companion (with Sherrilyn Kenyon). Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines.

Her YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and the Garden State Teen Book Award i 2015. Enchanted was nominated for the Audie Award in 2013, and was selected for World Book Night in 2014. Both Enchanted and its sequel, Hero, were nominated for the Andre Norton Award.

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea currently lives and writes in Florida, on the Space Coast. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.


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